A&P What do you think of this cheap lighting setup?

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  1. SkiMax

    SkiMax OT Supporter

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    Got a little money for some crap and want to start doing some off-camera flash stuff. I am a complete noob to this but this is what I have gathered from reading strobist...

    Nikon SB-600
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    http://www.adorama.com/NKSB600AFU.html

    JTL 6.5' Lightstand
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    http://www.adorama.com/JTLS600.html

    Universal Swivel Holder
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    http://www.adorama.com/LTUSH.html

    Photogenic 45" Eclipse Umbrella
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    http://www.adorama.com/POEC45BC.html

    Nikon ML-L3 Remote
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    http://www.adorama.com/NKMLL3.html

    Cactus V4 Set
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    http://www.mpex.com/browse.cfm/4,12662.html

    :x:

    all for about $350
     
  2. jared_IRL

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    pretty sweet, but I much prefer shoot through umbrellas to bounce.
     
  3. Antigeek

    Antigeek Who Dat!

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  4. SkiMax

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    Then I still don't have wireless triggers and I want to have the speedlight to be portable and to use it without umbrellas just walking around and whatnot. I wanted to build this around the speedlight essentially.
     
  5. Antigeek

    Antigeek Who Dat!

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    A sync cord isn't that big of a deal, but I didn't consider the walk-around aspect since I have a 420ex for that purpose.
     
  6. 1992 240SX

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    I preffer the buttons on the SB80 better than the 600 but I shoot manual all the time so if the ttl from the 600 is winning you over I guess thats better (personally my 80 sees more action than my 600). The lightstand looks meh, Id have to see it in person but I'd spend a little more, looks a bit plastic. Also, oppose to Jared_IRL I like bounce umbrellas better...I dont like the hotspot of the shoot through.
     
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    I have a set of those Cactus triggers and they work great :big grin:
     
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    I recently got a lighting set up too.

    I already had an SB600.

    I got a bunch of cheap e-bay stuff:
    2x 7' Light Stands $36
    2x Umbrella and cold shoe mount $14
    1x Hotshoe PC adapter $10
    2x 33" Translucent White umbrellas $15
    1x Yong Nuo 460 Flash $40
    8x AA Eneloops $24

    Also got a cybersync trigger and receiver. $120

    I have the SB600 on the hotshoe pc adapter connected to the receiver.
    The YN460 is set on slave mode. This way I can fire both flashes for cheap :)
     
  10. pawis

    pawis werd em up

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    what body do you have? if you have commander mode just skip out on the cactus triggers till you can afford better/more reliable triggers.

    seriously, CLS is pretty pimp. if you shoot nikon and have a nikon flash take advantage of that if this is your first off camera setup.
     
  11. pawis

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    oh gawd, i just happened to click on this and was reading the reviews and the first one i come across says...

    lol... and he posts a pic of his setup.... :hsugh: claims to be semi-pro too, must be at the 9 month mark!

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  12. someonenew

    someonenew He's Dangerous

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    you're gonna need an adapter for the 600, the 600 doesn't have a PC port on it.

    flash zebra makes some that are about 20 bucks.
     
  13. someonenew

    someonenew He's Dangerous

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    I personally prefer a shoot through umbrella, but if the black cover comes off of that umbrella then you have both and can experiment with them and decide what you like.

    for example, look at this instead
    http://www.amazon.com/Umbrella-Whit...?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1261854282&sr=8-17

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    it'll give you the diversity to use it either way.

    and if you follow that link, you can get the umbrella with stand and swivel for less than 80 bucks ;):o
     
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    :bowdown::rofl:
     
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    Not necessarily. With the new cactus triggers I've been attaching it to the hotshoe section of the receiver.
     
  16. redna

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    It's a combo... you can take off the back and use it as shoot through.

    :naughty:
     
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    :bowdown::rofl:
     
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    Sorry, I'm nowhere near semi-pro. Can someone explain the funny to me?

    Is it because he's shooting at a pretty damn high ISO for flash? Or is it because he's trying to shoot through a reflecting umbrella?
     
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    The handle should be on the right side, that way the flash always points at the middle of the umbrella. The person bitched about the flash not hitting the center of the umbrella...it was his own fuckin stupidity.
     
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    Upon closer inspection, it looks like the mount is upside down :bowrofl:
     
  21. pawis

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    no, the guy complains that the bracket doesnt move the umbrella... but he has it upside down. the studs can go into either end... lol, but even with a little common sense he should have been able to figure it out. like he said, he is only semi-pro, hasnt reached a year yet.
     
  22. Cicada

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    i bought these monolights

    http://www.shutterbug.com/equipmentreviews/lighting_equipment/1007interfit/

    really nice set; but then again i dont have any experience with studio lighting; but it's been able to do everything i need it to. might move to some stronger lights in the future, but the good thing is that the role for these can always be changed [rim/hair lighting and stuff]
     
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    :rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl:
     
  24. someonenew

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    he's got his clamp on upside down, thus the hole for the umbrella is in the wrong half

    go watch the strobist vid for details
     
  25. someonenew

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    if that's the case, then it's not so bad. I went straight to PW's so I had to buy an adapter that I could use.
     

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